Founded in 2006, Northwest Scottish Fiddlers’ was founded by renown fiddler, Calum MacKinnon. Our mission is two-fold: To learn all styles of Scottish music, and to share (through sessions and our annual Whidbey Island workshop) traditional Scottish fiddle music. We support learning this style of music through scholarships to our annual workshop, and through free memberships with access to our music library, and open monthly meetings and music sessions.
We meet in Seattle, Ballard, Mukilteo and Edmonds, and surrounding areas- mostly in homes, but occasionally other great hangouts. We are committed to accepting and supporting musicians of all ages from diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds.
What We Do
Monthly Club Meetings: We mostly jam with fellow fiddlers! Sessions are guided by Marcia Thumma, president, but everyone is encouraged to offer up a set, or a tune. For meeting locations, check the calendar, note the list of meetings to the side of the calendar. Click on that day, and meeting location will be available there! We have wonderful guest instructors visit us some months, other months, we’ll review and jam.
Most music is played at a moderate to slightly fast pace. We always warm up with leisurely jigs, airs, and marches for the first portion of the session. We also pick tunes or old sets to review throughout the session. The last hour (roughly) is usually faster, and open to whatever anyone “serves up” so to speak. We hoe to resume this portion of our monthly meetings in the near future!
Workshops: The club sponsors and organizes the annual Scottish Fiddle weekend workshop with Alasdair Fraser (fiddle) and Natalie Haas (cello) at Camp Casey, Whidbey Island, held in January, on Martin Luther King weekend. During the pandemic, we have been holding free monthly workshops on Zoom. We encourage tipping the instructors, for those that are capable, but it is up to each individual.
Northwest Scottish Fiddlers welcomes players of all ages of acoustic string instruments including:
- Violin & Viola
- Cello & String Bass
- Guitar & Mandolin
- Concertina, and…. sky is the limit!
You don’t need any prior background with Scottish music or practice learning by ear. Members have access to sheet music (through the website) so you can learn the music your way.
Interested? Come to our next meeting to see for yourself!